For fall, Pierre Mahéo took his obsession with tailored suit jackets to a new place — remolding them into full-blown outerwear by adding layers of padding inside for extra warmth.
Grounded from international travels, he has been rediscovering Paris through chilly morning walks — and these got him focusing on the real-life need for protection against the elements. He offered that functionality without compromising elegance — that’s an underlying premise of Parisian style, right?
It was an elevated lineup, thanks not only to smart silhouettes, but also the materials, which felt extra luxurious this season. This included a brushed twill, a plush lambskin used for bomber jackets, the striking olive green cashmere of an overcoat and a Japanese jersey that was fashioned into a flattering dress with long sleeves and prominent shoulders — to mention just a handful.
Intent on the idea of a collarless, V-neck coat for women, he also considered how to cover the throat — without compromising the style.
“This is ridiculously simple,” he said, grabbing the coat for a demonstration and modeling it with an attachable scarf — the corners tucked into slits on the coat.
No doubt this lineup would have looked fantastic on the runway, but those plans, advanced as they were, got thrown off by surging coronavirus cases. Mahéo shifted his focus to a photo shoot, and settled on the apartment of antique dealer friends. The rooms were chock-full of treasures, and the clothes fit right in.